Most of us were impressed by the movie 3 Idiots, especially the youth. The character named Farhan decided at last to pursue a career in photography instead of Engineering. Artists have undying spirit for their passion and this is what sets them apart from the rest. It has been twelve years now since India got its first professional photography institute in the Nilgiri district (TN). With growing demand for professional photographers in media industry, honing one’s skill in digital photography can give long-term benefits.
So, presented next is a list of top 10 photography colleges in India where aspiring photographers can make their dream true.
10. College Of Art, University of Delhi, New Delhi
This college offers premier training programs in visual arts. Established in 1942, it offers BFA (Bachelor in Fine Arts – 4 year) and MFA (Masters in Fine Arts – 2 year) regular courses. The sale of prospectus begins in the month of June every year. A candidate requires at least 50% marks in Senior School Certificate (SSC) for fulfilling eligibility criteria.
9. Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication (SACAC), New Delhi
SACAC was established in the year 2003 with a vision for providing short-term creative courses for students. The Institute is a non-profit mass communication centre offering several courses related to digital media. SACAC offers a course in creative photography and students can apply online through website. The course is of 1 year duration and a graduate from any discipline can apply for the admission.
8. The Indian Institute of Digital Art and Animation, Kolkata
IIDAA offers a 3-year B.Sc. and a 5-year M.Sc. program in photography and cinematography. Each course offers 40 seats in total. Candidates require appearing in SET exam conducted by the Institute. The prospectus is available at Rs. 400 on campus.
7. Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, Hyderabad
One of the most popular photography colleges widely preferred by South Indian students, this institute was established in 1940. The college came under JNTU in 1972 and currently operates under JNA & FA University. The university conducts an entrance exam every year and classes of BFA course commences in the month of August. MFA course facility is also available for students.
6. Sir JJ School of Applied Art, Mumbai
Sir JJ institute offers a course in BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) from Mumbai University. The students can apply for admissions after 10+2. The course duration is 4 years with specialization in photography. It is one of the oldest and best photography schools in India.
5. A.J. Kidwai Mass Communication Research Center, Delhi
AJK MCRC is a private institute affiliated to Jamia Milia Islamia University since 1982. It is a premium institute for pursuing a still photography course. The admissions are made on the score of an entrance exam conducted every year to fill 20 seats. The Course duration is 1 year and half duration of course will contain only practical’s. Minimum requirement is a graduate candidate with at least 50% marks.
4. Asian Academy of Film and Television (AAFT), Noida
This institute shortlists candidates for a 3 month programme in still photography and journalism on the basis of 10+2 marks. AAFT is located in Noida film city at NCR region of Delhi. The school has an ISO 9001:200 certificate and international reputation in photography. AAFT was founded two decades ago in the year 1993.
3. Osmania University, Hyderabad
This University offers admission to students in fine arts right after school. Photography course is of 3 year duration and every year an entrance test is conducted for admissions in BFA (photography) course. Entrance Exam is in the first/second week of June every year.
2. Mass communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Jamia University offers a Certificate course in still photography and visual communication under self-finance scheme. The duration of course is 1 year with a fee of Rs. 20,750. Only 20 seats are available and aspiring candidates require clearing an entrance exam. The minimum qualification is a graduation and admission process starts from February every year.
1. The Light and Life Academy (LLA), Ooty
Ranked as #1 among all photography colleges in India, LLA was established in September 2001 at Ooty, Tamil Nadu. This institute provides visionary answers for youths, looking out a career in professional photography. Not only new candidates join LLA but renowned photographers working in National Geographic channel regularly visits here. Apart from teaching photography skills, LLA also offers courses in offset printing and website designing that students can find helpful in their long-term career. LLA is supported by big names such as Kodak and Epson.